Pope Francis renews call to welcome refugees while ensuring security

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Pope Francis is greeted by an ambassador and during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican on January 11, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pope Francis is greeted by an ambassador and during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican on January 11, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-REFUGEE, originally transmitted on Jan. 11, 2016.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his annual address to diplomats at the Holy See, Francis said governments have a “two-fold moral responsibility” to protect both citizens and migrants.

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  • “The image of all those children who died at sea, victims of human callousness..remain forever imprinted on our minds and hearts.”

    Yes indeed.
    And I blame religion for those horrors. Shia vs. Sunni vs. Alawite – People killing over which version of the sky fairy is more real (good luck).

    The Pope forgets the Catholics did the same thing 100 years ago:

    1917 – WWI Christendom explodes on itself. Millions died.
    1933 – Vatican Peace Treaty with Catholic Nazi Regime blessing WWII and Hitler’s Jewish Solution
    1942 – The Vatican-Argentina Rat Line – Monsignor Luigi Maglione’s hushed up emigration of 200,000 Catholic Nazi war criminals to South America to escape justice.

    “We shall eagerly cooperate with the Nazis…send them our Jews.”
    – Father Joseph Tiso,
    President of Slovakia 1944.

    The cure for one religion is not a different religion, but blasphemy which it deserves.

  • Jan Sobieski

    Pope Francis ought to take all the radical Muslims refugees that the Vatcan can hold — but the radicLs wouldn’t want to go because there are very few infidel women to rape in the Vatican. We need Pope Benedict back because he understood Islam — that’s why they persuaded him to retire.

  • Betty Clermont

    According to the Italian business newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, the Vatican has assets of 9-10 billion euro (investments, properties, gold reserves, bank accounts) So far only one Syrian Catholic family of four is being sheltered there.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    We are all refugees privileged to be walking on God’s Holy Ground and living in God’s time.

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